Unarmed fighting

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The protagonist can attack with fists, claws, or by some other method using their bare hands, feet or other limbs or body parts.


Alternate names: Hand-to-hand combat
Name variations: unarmed combat

The first video game about Unarmed fighting was released in 1983.

Sega, Activision and Capcom has published most of these games

* Melee weapons
* Defenseless - in case you're unarmed, but can't fight back.
Including cases where the player wears gauntlets, brass knuckles, or similar devices that (supposedly) make such attacks more devastating.

Without this tag, it is fairly simple to assume player is defenseless unless they attain some type of a weapon, which they may always have anyway.

Does NOT include jumping on people's heads (head jumping).
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Parent group

Mêlée combat

Child group

Striking martial arts


Windows 149
Linux 79
C64 48
NES 44
PS3 42
X360 38
ZX Spectrum 36
PS2 31
Amstrad CPC 30
Amiga 25
Atari ST 25
Mac OS X 25
Arcade 16
MSX 14
Mac OS Classic 11
Wii 10
Apple II E 10
Electron 9
PS4 8
Xbox 8
Master System 7
Tandy Coco 7
C16/Plus4 6
PS 6
Famicom Disk System 6
Xbox One 5
Mega Drive 5
GameCube 5

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